Samgyeopsal and More Evidence of How Much Koreans Love Drinking

So because of orientation, we’re

going to have to catch up on many exciting times that happened during the week and our early arrival in Seoul.

But because this week also happened to fall on our first paycheck, we went out to a fancy dinner. It was something we’d been planning since we signed the contracts and it was most righteous.

We had none other than authentic samgyeopsal – Korean BBQ – with the most stupendous delicious beef. So tender. Like the steak Andrea’s mom makes that I would shamelessly claw my way through lines of babies, cripples, and old ladies to get a piece of first.

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The BBQ wasn’t a gas stove but rather a pulldown brassy (and steampunky) hood blazing from the top as hot charcoal braised from the bottom. You can kind of see in this closeup.

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The waiters all do the cooking for you so you just sit back and drink your makkali (fermented rice wine, kind of milky, kind of fizzy, and quite sweet). Because there’s no tipping here any waiter who was free dropped by which was nice. Everyone is so dang friendly here they just genuinely want to help you.

Here’s the teamwork grilled process and final outcome.

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As you can imagine we were pretty much beside ourselves. Koreans eat a lot of pork but we’d been craving beef for near on a month – aka since we arrived. So we were well pleased.

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To conclude the dinner, we were amused enough to find more evidence of the prevalence of the Korean drinking culture balanced on top of the toilet paper dispenser.

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Never know when you’ll need to chug a soju on the quick in the ladies’…


2 thoughts on “Samgyeopsal and More Evidence of How Much Koreans Love Drinking

  1. its 4:30 a.m. Korean time, 3: 30 Eastern Daylight Savings Time here ‘yester’day. Are you guys still up eating some BBQ or are you just getting in from a long fall eating session? Good on you to celebrate your first paycheck and pat yourselves on the back for all that hard work, long hours on the internet and wearing out your soles by hoofing it all over Mtl getting your stuff in order to enjoy this meaty treat before your eyes. Your postings are hilarious sometimes and naughty other times and mischievous othertimes (like good hobbits that your are). Hope your working comrades are oblivious to this site, ’cause i love to keep reading this material. You both look healthy and happy. SOOOO Glad ! Soooo looong.

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  2. Perfect way to celebrate! I’m still not clear on how the barbeque works, but it sure does look Steampunk!
    LOVE this line “Like the steak Andrea’s mom makes that I would shamelessly claw my way through lines of babies, cripples, and old ladies to get a piece of first.” That’s how I feel about her steak, too 🙂

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